Shares gained on both of the nation's stock exchanges on Dec. 21.

On the HCM Stock Exchange, the VN-Index closed at 367.72 points, a gain of 0.56 percent over Dec. 20's close. Trading was active but mixed, with the value of trades surging nearly 66 percent to about 1.24 trillion VND (58.3 million USD). Volume hit 47.3 million shares.

Of the 10 leading shares by capitalisation, half added value. Property developer Vincom (VIC) surged to its ceiling price of 99,500 VND (4.75 USD) per share, while Eximbank (EIB), food processor Masan Group (MSN), Sacombank (STB), Military Bank (MBB) and Vietcombank (VCB) all rose by 0.9-1.9 percent.

Heavy sales caused telecom equipment distributor Sacom (SAM) to claim the spot as most-active share, with a volume of 2.1 million traded, even as it bottomed out to just VND4,600 per share.

On the Hanoi Stock Exchange, the HNX-Index also closed up 0.78 percent to 59.79 points. Value decreased by 13.7 percent, however, to only 209.6 billion VND (9.8 million USD) on a meagre volume of just over 24 million shares./.